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Vermonters finding antisemitic flyers outside their homes

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chabad vermont in burlington is speaking out about what some vermonters are finding thrown in front of their homes, giving antisemitic messaging © Provided by MyNBC 5 chabad vermont in burlington is speaking out about what some vermonters are finding thrown in front of their homes, giving antisemitic messaging

Flyers with derogatory statements about people of the Jewish religion and culture have been showing up on driveways and sidewalks in front of some Vermont homes.

“Little baggies of hate” are what some Vermont residents are calling the flyers.

“My husband picked it up to look at it and it was all anti-Jewish propaganda,” said one Milton resident, who came across a sandwich bag filled with rice a flier with antisemitic messaging when she came home Sunday night with her family.

There’s a lot of kids in the area and I just want to make sure that a kid doesn’t pick it up, because also, on there, there’s a website they can go to that has some pretty radical things on it," she said. "I just wouldn’t want a kid to pick that up, scan the barcode, and have it bring them to that site.”

Others on Facebook have shared posts regarding similar experiences with the rice bags.

Just 20 minutes north in St. Albans, one resident found Jewish-related messaging in a similar matter they believe is tied to Ukrainian flags outside of their home.

“I was just like, 'Why?' So, I posted on Facebook, and I was like, 'Can someone explain this to me?' And I got a response that one of my neighbors who was flying a Pride flag received anti-LGBTQ-plus info in the same manner,” the resident said.

Some of the flyers read that they “were distributed randomly” and “without malicious intent."

But Rabbi Eliyahu Junik of the Chabad Vermont in Burlington relates these flyers to propaganda seen before the Holocaust.

“It’s antisemitic tropes, we know where it could lead," he said. "Last century, it led to the murder of 6 million Jews, so spewing hate doesn’t add any good in this world.”

The St. Albans Police Department confirms they have received one report so far of these flyers in the city.

“If someone does find these fliers, I think they should file a report so they can get on top of it and stop this person from doing it,” Junik said.

Along the front sidewalk of Chabad Vermont in Burlington, passerby might notice colorful rocks and messages of kindness.

It’s these messages that Junik hopes resonate with people, especially those within the Jewish culture and religion during times of hate.

He said he hopes people do not shy away from their religion and who they are and continue to embrace their beliefs within the Jewish religion and culture.

Along the same lines of coming together in times of hate, Liisa Newton of St. Albans City, says she now has more signs hanging at home to emphasize inclusion.

"I now have more flags of support up. For Black Lives Matter, for LGBTQ rights, women's rights, everything," she said.

"If anything it's made me dig in, no way, I will out-kind your hate any day," she said in response to the flyers, also having installed a door-bell camera.

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